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Ed Burns alias Maurice Clement

Guess Who?

Linda Rohr was a Black Dahlia roommate. Maurice was the Dahlia's "favorite boy friend."  How many newshawks in the Dahlia newsmania interviewed ultra-newsworthy Maurice? Zip. Maurice was the little man who wasn't there: Ed Burns. Look what Ed thought he'd gotten away with:

                      1.  Ed Burns began with a switcheroo:            BURNS  ED 
                      2.  Ed made two anagrams of himself:            NBURS  DE
                      3.  Ed alphabetically shifted data down           v v     v  v              
                            one place.  Shift 2 alphas, skip 2 alphas: MAURR CE   
                      4.  Ed put "I/Ed" in the slot he'd saved:           MAURRICE

     "Maurrice" was "I, Ed Burns" to Ed, and "Maurice" to everybody else. Ed Burns'
Maurrice/Maurice had a last name: "Clement." "Clement" has a decryption which jells with decryption of "Maurice." Ed utilized "Clement" to say and prove that Ed Burns
was the Black Dahlia killer. Here's how Ed got to "Clement":

           1.  Ed began w/ "Black Dahlia Killer" plus an apology:     BDK    SM
           2.  Ed made his Maurice "maneuver." Two anagrams:     BKD    MS
           3.  Ed did his Maurice shift. This time, all up 1 alpha:      CLE     NT
           4.  Ed did what we expect of him. He injected "I/me":       CLEMENT
  The full decryption of "Maurice Clement" is:

                "I, Ed Burns, Black Dahlia killer, [that's] me. Sorry mare."

     Does it seem familiar? It should. It's the same "Sorry, mare" Ed Burns would set up in The Hirsh Apts. and use in his suicide/confession message.

     Ed Burns was Maurice Clement! And a Maurice Clement is a hub of chicanery in Donald Wolfe's The Black Dahlia Files . . . In the book are a photo allegedly of and text purportedly about Maurice Clement. But the LA-area man Elizabeth knew as> "Maurice" was not in settings and scenarios Wolfe puts Maurice into. And the photo is of a guy named "Salvadore Torres Vara."
     Vara was not the man Elizabeth Short knew as "Maurice Clement." How could Wolfe have made this "mistake"? Was it a mistake? Look at this:
     In Wolfe's book, pg. 277: "He [Clement] was identified as the person who transported Elizabeth to Mark Hansen's residence on Carlos Street."      In John Gilmore's Severed, pg. 94: "[Ed] Burns drove Beth from another hotel to a house [Hansen's] on Carlos Avenue that was situated behind the Florentine Gardens nightclub. 'She had a lot of luggage . . .' "      Wolfe and Gilmore collectively endorse the Guess Who theme: Ed Burns and Maurice Clement were one and the same man! On this, they were correct.

     The strangest statement in the DA suspect list is under "Maurice Clement." It is suspiciously short. It concludes: ". . . a likely character type but has been partially eliminated by the Los Angeles Police Department. See their report." The statement says "partially"(?) What does that mean? If Ed Burns did drown himself, and is not hiding out in the Sunbelt, he's eliminated. Is that what it means?
      The "belongings pack" telephoner had a silky-sounding voice. The Chancellor Apartments-phoning Maurice had a cultured British accent. This points directly at Ed Burns. "Silky" and "cultured British" insinuate deception: Ed's trademark.

     Certain Dahlia buffs have claimed that Ed Burns isn't in the LA DA's 1949 Black Dahlia-murder suspect List. But Burns is in said list as his LA-area alias: "Maurice Clement." The double-whammy function of this alias is explained below.

M 'n M

Ed had good reasons for using "Maurice Clement" as an alias. One's a weirdity, not a rarity. It was done by Robert Louis Stevenson in the classic: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. It was done by the Suzanne Degnan-dissector, William Heirens: Will was the good guy, George Murman was the bad guy. And it was done by the Black Dahlia- bisector, Ed Burns: Ed was the good guy, Maurice Clement was the bad guy.      So Ed's Degnan-murder mimetism went further than we'd thought: Ed/Maurice included the Heirens/Murman thing. And Ed Burns was more cryptically clever in manufacture of "Maurice" than we'd thought. Do you see it, and hear it? They have similarities in look and sound: Murman/Maurice.

     In addition to being part of the Degnan mimetism, "Maurice Clement" would've been a cover: an element of Ed's "perfect murder." The DA list said: ". . . working at Columbia Studios at the time of the murder." Maurice was a talent scout. He must have used a phony ID. He likely had a desk he would never use, and an LA-area apartment he'd use when he was in the area on a "one-day trip." The FBI file noted that Ed Burns made the trips. But I'll bet the Bureau was unaware of the apartment or "Maurice," at the time of the interrogation. Maurice probably was out in the field scouting, full-time. The field included Sunbelt states . . . and the Shanghai Dance Hall in Hollywood, where he met the Black Dahlia. Would anybody in the LA area have known him as "Ed Burns"? If not, the link from UnID'd Man in Hirsh Apts. to Ed Burns in the Sunbelt could've been tenuous. LAPD called on the FBI to identify Mr. Barnes . . . If no one in the LA area knew him as "Ed Burns," then so what if everyone in the area deciphers his messages? Initials and names they will find are E, B, Ed and Ed Burns: not M, C and Maurice Clement.

     Like other elements of the Dahlia murder, Ed's "Maurice" alias reflects long-term planning. The murder might've been in the works from the time Ed realized the love of his life would never be "his": in other words, from the day Ed Burns and Elizabeth Short met. Maybe Elizabeth never heard "Ed Burns" prior to the trilogy reading. But that's crazy. Yes! Ed Burns was a psychiatrist-certified mental case. And the Black Dahlia murder was stranger than any "true story" Black Dahlia fiction I've read.

Ed Burns must've been a fixture at the top of LAPD's Black Dahlia-suspect list from the day the FBI ID'd him. And Ed told us most of what we would want to know about the murder. But 1947 LAPD did not close the case . . .
Do not follow the bouncing blue ball!

The Fate of the Black Dahlia Murderer



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